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Re: "resolution mechanism"

From: Simon St.Laurent <simonstl@simonstl.com>
Date: 12 Apr 2002 13:07:39 -0400
To: Mark Baker <distobj@acm.org>
Cc: www-talk@w3.org
Message-Id: <1018631262.982.127.camel@localhost.localdomain>
On Fri, 2002-04-12 at 13:04, Mark Baker wrote:
> > The practice is not necessarily direct, but the style is.
> > 
> > An HTTP GET is *asking for* something.
> >
> > Other approaches to URI processing *ask about* something.
> I'm not sure I see a difference.
> If I do a GET on a HTTP URI, and I get a redirect directive back, that
> is "about" the resource.  Any representation of the state is about the
> resource, is it not?

Asking for can also be asking about.  Asking about is not necessarily
asking for. 

> > Minor change, major ramifications, especially since many URIs offer no
> > direct means of asking for but you can always ask about anything, even
> > HTTP URIs.  
> Do you have an example?

Sure - DDDS lets you query for URI metadata.


"Tell me about this URI..."
Simon St.Laurent
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Received on Friday, 12 April 2002 13:12:22 UTC

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